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WELCOME to the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club.

We are a club of 150+ members located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Chartered in 1967, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is the area's largest and oldest civic and service organization. The Club's members represent leaders in the business, professional, nonprofit, educational, governmental and retirement communities who share a common commitment to community service.
Thank you for visiting our website, we'd love to have you visit in person. Our meetings are held Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Sea Pines Country Club.

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Hilton Head Island Rotary Projetcs

Club Projects: Impressive History Of Community Service
Contributions to the community total more than $1.7 million.

Gift of Life

2014 Gift of Life!

July 24, 2014

Our Gift of Life child, Oscar, had his second operation yesterday. Dr. Mason operated on his facial scars and completed the first stage of the reconstruction of his back scars. Dr. Reid did some touch-up work on the previous surgery on his extremities. Oscar is doing very well and is being discharged this morning.

July 5, 2014

Just a quick update on our Rotary Club Gift of Life child from Linda and Bob Laughlin:  Oscar came through surgery beautifully - work was done on his neck, right elbow and shoulder.  Next surgery is in 3-4 weeks.  Host families and translators are still needed. Rotarians from Oscar's home town in Mexico are panning to visit him (and our club) in August.  Thanks to all our members who have reached out - Rotarians doing good in the world!

July 3, 2014

Our Gift of Life child, Oscar, is scheduled for his first surgery at 8:00 am, July 3rd, at Hilton Head Hospital. Oscar is from Mexico and was badly burned in a fire. The main surgeon is Dr. David Reid.  Our own Dr. Bob Laughlin is overseeing the whole project, with help from his committee members Bruce Pitkin and Betty Fowlkes. 

For our newer Rotarians, Gift of Life is a program which began in our club several years ago.  We provide surgical procedures (usually plastic surgery) to children who have a drastic need but are not able to receive treatment in their home country.  Everything is provided at no charge.   Please send your healing wishes to Oscar!      ...  Read More

2014 Hilton Head Rotary Student and Scholarship Recognition

OUR FUTURE = OUR STUDENTS:     Franklin Roosevelt said, "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."

Each year, we recognize our outstanding youth! If our future depends on the our youth then we are in great hands.   Read more ...

Recognition

Rotary Teamwork Enables New Approach to Eradicating Polio   April, 2014   

Credit for launching a new approach to encouraging polio vaccinations in Pakistan can be traced half way around the world to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, S.C   The club, at the suggestion of member Brian Julius, CEO of Speaking Books, Inc., had funded a book to address the issue of mental illness and suicide in Julius’s native South Africa.  Upon presentation of that project’s success, PDG club member Bernie Riedel posed the simple question: “Why wouldn’t this work for educating people about the importance of polio vaccinations in Pakistan and Nigeria, the two remaining targets for worldwide polio eradication?” 

The power of the Rotary International network was put into motion!  In October 2013, 5000 colorful and message-driven speaking books, recorded in Urdu and Pashto, were delivered to Pakistan with the expectation of reaching more than 100,000 residents who do not have reading skills.  And discussions continue with Nigerian officials for a similar intervention.      Read More ... 

Speaking Books used to Eradicating Polio
Rotary in Motion

2013-14 Major Project Initiative

The major project selected for the 2013-14 Rotary year is to build a home for a deserving family in The Glen with Habitat For Humanity

Our Rotary in Motion campaign, which occurred in July and August, 2013 was very successful and raised in excess of $63,000.  The objectives of that campaign were to:
· offer members an opportunity to make a “one-time” donation for the year to cover numerous events and fund raising activities throughout the year in return for listed benefits, and
· “kick-start” our major fund raising campaign  for our Habitat for Humanity home.

If you participated in Rotary in Motion, some portion of your donation will go toward our Habitat commitment as well as to our other Rotary Charities.  If you did not participate, then you should consider making a donation for this Rotary year specifically toward our Habitat project.  You may make a tax deductible donation in any amount by making your check out to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry—Rotary Charitable Programs Fund, and specify Habitat project on the memo line.  You may also make a donation of $1000 or more through the Champions Fore Charity program of the Heritage Classic Foundation, which will be increased by 20% with their match.  We still need funds to reach our Habitat goal, so we hope you’ll choose to participate in some way.        Learn more

Upcoming Events!

Start Building Habitat House
October 7, 2014
Hall of Fame Presentation and Concert:   Launched by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2012 as a gift to the community, the Hall of Fame honors the visionary people who have had a lasting and extraordinary impact on our community. Selection of the honorees is made each year by an anonymous group of longtime community residents from nominations submitted by the community at large.  Each Hall of Fame honoree is enshrined with a brass plaque on a tabby pedestal in the Hall of Fame exhibit overlooking Jarvis Creek at Honey Horn Plantation.  
October 16, 2014
Safety Town:  A free public service program, for the 4-6 year old children of the community.
  • This free program helps our children learn about safety while providing fun-filled learning experiences.
  • The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue, Hilton Head Island Regional Health Center and The Sandbox will be providing hands on safety experiences for your child. The program is designed with the goal of preventing injuries and teaching children how to be safe.
  • The children will love driving the pedal cars around our outdoor “town” complete with miniature buildings. The hazard house is a great way to teach home safety. The hospital will be teaching first aid skills to the children.
    Registration is limited to the first 150 children registered. Please register quickly to be certain your child will have this great opportunity!
    You will be notified in mid-August of the session (AM or PM) your child is assigned.
May 2015

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